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How to use Winmail on Windows 8.

  1. #181


    Toronto, Canada. Born in the U.K.
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    Win 10 Pro + Win 7 Ult SP1 (x64)


    Windows 10 has gone through a major build upgrade which breaks WinMail FYI everyone.

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  2. #182


    Kentucky
    Posts : 21
    Windows XP/VISTA/7/10


    Endeavor, When this happen? I've got latest Win 10 Updates & WinMail working this morning. Any fixes/work-arounds if this happens? Thanks,
    Bill
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  3. #183


    Toronto, Canada. Born in the U.K.
    Posts : 687
    Win 10 Pro + Win 7 Ult SP1 (x64)


    Simple cure, just replace the Windows Mail folders with original Vista ones and the shortcut once again works.
    Outlined here: How to use Winmail on Windows 8.
    (See "Revised")
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  4. #184


    Kentucky
    Posts : 21
    Windows XP/VISTA/7/10


    Peter, Just after I replied earlier, the new Win 10 Build downloaded to my PC but I've not done a Restart which will then install it.
    1--Anyway, do I install it then reactivate WinMail? 2--Whats the difference between "Windows Mail folders with original Vista ones" you specified above (Post 192) or are you just implying to re-install what I have working now? 3--I assume that I have original Vista folders now since I've been using WinMail on both my 7 & 10 PCs.
    As always, thanks for your help...................Bill
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  5. #185


    Toronto, Canada. Born in the U.K.
    Posts : 687
    Win 10 Pro + Win 7 Ult SP1 (x64)


    Just go ahead. Windows Mail wont work afterwards though. Just replace the folder(s) as instructed in the link I just gave and it will work again.
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  6. #186


    Posts : 98
    Vista/Win7/Win8/Win10 (x86/x64)


    Quote Originally Posted by billg226 View Post
    Endeavor, When this happen? I've got latest Win 10 Updates & WinMail working this morning. Any fixes/work-arounds if this happens? Thanks,
    Bill
    Ex_Brit just made a mistake is all in his first post and jumped the gun - it was a simple misunderstanding, and as you see in his next post he quickly realized it.

    It has always been the same fix for Windows 8 and Windows 10, and I outlined that many times in my post #1, that whenever you do any build upgrades - yes it will break WinMail, simply because MS always rewrites many of the files within the WinMail folder, and as I've always said and it has always been so, it's no problem whatsoever, afterwards just simply Take Ownership of the WM folder, delete it, and replace it with your saved 'Working' Vista WM folder, or your saved working Win8 WM folder, or your saved Win10 WM folder - it does not matter which one you use since ''they should all be the same thing!'' ..which is a replica of your original Vista folder that you keep ..passing on.. to each new OS install you make, or a build upgrade. Of course if it's a new install you have to do the whole process, rather than this simple after a 'build update' change.
    It's all very easy, simple, effective, and by now should be no big deal for anyone who uses WinMail - that if you do an upgrade, then afterwards just Take Ownership of the WinMail folder again, delete it, and just copy/paste your saved working WinMail folder in its place - and you're good to go... takes less than one minute to do.
    Again, just always have on hand in a safe place, a saved ''working'' WinMail folder.

    Long Live WinMail
    Last edited by endeavor; 06 Aug 2017 at 10:28.
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  7. #187


    Posts : 98
    Vista/Win7/Win8/Win10 (x86/x64)


    Post #1 was updated today - where I just added a link to another Screenshot showing WinMail installed on the latest update of Windows 10 Pro build v10586 is all. All instructions remain the same for the update procedure as they have been right along.

    Post # 1 - How to re-activate WinMail on Windows 8 or Windows 10
    Last edited by endeavor; 06 Aug 2017 at 10:31. Reason: fix links
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  8. #188


    Posts : 1
    Windows 10

    Thanks Endeavor!


    Thank you so much Endeavor!

    You made my day and saved me a night to do that research by myself. All your instructions are verbose enough and clear. Great stuff!

    Oh, yes, forgot to mention my OS. It's Windows 10 Pro, v.1511
    WinMail works as a charm.
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  9. #189


    Posts : 98
    Vista/Win7/Win8/Win10 (x86/x64)


    Thank you for your appreciation vintom!
    It is for people like you who know how to show appreciation, is why I do it; well... to be honest, of course for my own use too!

    You reference your v1511 install which is the most recent version released, of which I had just installed/tested WinMail on and posted a working screenshot of it too, is also known as:
    Win10 Pro 1511 build 10586 (x86 or x64)
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  10. #190


    Kentucky
    Posts : 21
    Windows XP/VISTA/7/10


    Quote Originally Posted by Ex_Brit View Post
    Just go ahead. Windows Mail wont work afterwards though. Just replace the folder(s) as instructed in the link I just gave and it will work again.
    Peter, Sorry for slow reply. Wife was in accident with no serious injuries but did have a compressed fracture in L1, will have surgery after 12/7. Anyway, thanks for your input & this may be off-topic but before I install new build, I have Classic Shell installed, should I uninstall it? I've backed up all my WinMail folders/files as recommended by you & Endeavor & was just wondering on question above. Thanks, Bill
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